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How To Make Sure Your Home's Roof Is Safe After A Storm in West Palm Beach

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

thermal imaging equipment under ceiling testing for water damage Checking your roof and ceiling can save you time and money. SERVPRO uses certain equipment to properly asses your home.

Hurricane seasons can been record breakers in their amount of intensity and property damage. However, homes in a storm tracks may not be the only ones who need a professional's attention. Catastrophic winds and flying debris have been known to take a toll on roofs all over the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. Home and property owners should always be arranging for post-storm inspections whenever a storm passes by. This ensures that contractors like SERVPRO can provide any necessary repairs before the difficulties of seasonal changes begin.

Inside: If you have an attic and can get to it, start there during daylight.

  • If you see any sunlight peeking through holes in the plywood, that's a good indicator of roof damage, which in turn could already have water accumulated. 
  • If you can't find any visible holes use a flashlight to find any dark stains or sagging, this could also mean moisture is present and in turn need attention.

Outside: By walking around the perimeter of your house you should be able to see most of your roof and inspect for the following problems that can cause water damage:

  • Shingles that are missing
  • Any deformed shingles that are cracked, bent, etc.
  • Dark patches of shingles. These shingles could dry out over time and lead to water leaks.
  • Debris. Something as simple as a tree branch can cause damage over time if not removed right away. It could also be hiding a hole in your roof.

If you find damage: Call a local, reputable roofing contractor right away and then contact SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 to help with water damage.

The sooner you address any hurricane-season damage, the more secure your roof and home will be for the upcoming months.

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